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Flying Blue Promo Rewards are back again for another month. For the uninitiated, Flying Blue is the loyalty program for Air France, KLM, and a few smaller airlines. And Promo Rewards is the program's monthly promotion to discount award flights by up to 50% off on select routes. Flying Blue may discount any combination of economy, premium economy, and business class awards — depending on the route.
Flying Blue only listed 14 eligible routes in April 2022, but 6 of them were in North America. While the number of available routes in the May listing increased to 18, the number of North American routes dropped to 2. Still, it's nice to see some North American routes listed — unlike during the depths of the pandemic.
Best of all, you can stack the Flying Blue Promo Rewards discounts with ongoing 25% transfer bonuses from Chase Ultimate Rewards or Citi ThankYou Points. Make a transfer before these bonuses expire and you can book award flights to Europe for just 13k Chase or Citi points. Let's look at the eligible routes and how you can score this award price.
Flying Blue Promo Rewards Key Details
- Tickets must be booked through either the Air France or KLM websites.
- Book select award flights by May 31, 2022 to enjoy promotional pricing.
- Travel dates must be between May 1, 2022 and October 31, 2022.
- Discounts of 25% are advertised this month.
- There are just 18 routes on the full list, but the only long-haul options are to:
- New York City
Here are some examples of how you can save using Flying Blue Promo Rewards:
Chicago to Rome for 16,125 miles in September 2022
New York to Amsterdam widespread for 16,500 miles nonstop during summer 2022
Stack With Transfer Bonuses
To make this deal even better, Chase is offering a 25% transfer bonus from Chase Ultimate Rewards to Flying Blue miles through May 15, 2022. Not to be outdone, Citi is now also offering a 25% transfer bonus for Flying Blue transfers made through May 20, 2022.
By stacking these promotions, you can book economy award flights to Europe for just 13k Chase or Citi points. Keep in mind that you have to transfer points in increments of 1,000 points.
Flying Blue Transfer Partners
If you are short on miles, Flying Blue has an expansive network of partnerships. Flying Blue is one of the few frequent flyer programs that is a transfer partner of all major transferable points programs:
- American Express Membership Rewards — 1:1 transfer ratio, immediate transfer time
- Capital One Miles — 1:1 transfer ratio (improved on October 7, 2021), immediate transfer time
- Chase Ultimate Rewards — 1:1 transfer ratio, immediate transfer time — plus a 25% transfer bonus through May 15, 2022.
- Citi ThankYou Points — 1:1 transfer ratio, immediate transfer time — plus a 25% transfer bonus through May 20, 2022.
- Marriott Bonvoy — 3:1 transfer ratio, 1-3 day transfer time
Even outside of Promo Rewards, Flying Blue offers several sweet spots for members to take advantage of.
Flying Blue Promo Rewards offer an amazing opportunity to get the most out of your points and miles. Despite the slim destinations available in May, U.S.-based travelers still have a couple of options. Hopefully future months will see Flying Blue expand advertised discounts beyond 25% and to an increased number of destinations across the globe.
In the before times, flyers couldn't change or cancel Promo Rewards tickets. However, travelers can make changes free of charge regardless of dates of travel, per Flying Blue's updated rebooking policy. As with everything related to COVID-19, this policy may extend longer than that as well. Coupled with the unusually long window of opportunity for travel, Flying Blue is making it easier for travelers to capitalize on these deals.
Remember that Flying Blue is a transfer partner of all major transferable points programs. That means when Flying Blue Promo Rewards expand to your region of the world, you will be able to redeem for discounted awards no matter which transferable points you collect.
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